Carhartt Debuts in Marais

French sleepwear is apparently not all about sex appeal. American brand Carhartt has introduced blue striped cotton pjs that are decidedly not form fitting, in their new shop in the Marais.

The European Carhartt line, known as WIP, or Work in Progress, is modeled on the iconic Carhartt “worker” attire — jackets, pants, and sweatshirts worn by American farmers and construction workers. The brand was founded in Michigan in 1989 to make work clothing for railroad workers.

Traditional shapes are boxy, and fabrics rugged. But the new line uses refined materials. The pajamas in question are poplin, with sky-blue piping on cuffs, collar, and pockets (and the square brown raised Carhartt logo).

Sweaters are made from merino wool; sweatshirts and down jackets are trimmed with soft faux fur.

But there isn’t a scrap of lace or a waistline in sight.

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